STEAM Festival Brings Science to Life Across Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at more than 100 events across the state during the 2nd annual Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place Oct. 12-21.

The Festival was founded by the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and incorporates events at a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. A complete listing of activities and locations is available at

“The Tennessee STEAM Festival returns in 2018 to engage and inspire Tennesseans in science, technology, engineering, art and math,” said Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “Our goal is to promote life long curiosity and help cultivate the next generation of citizen and professional science advocates and practitioners. We hope that many thousands of Tennesseans will be able to participate and, perhaps, be amazed by science that surrounds us in our everyday life. And we’re so grateful to our sponsors and partners who have supported this vital effort in communities throughout the state. We couldn’t put on this Festival without them.”

Signature events during the Festival include "amusement center science" with the Discovery Center and Lanes, Trains, and Automobiles; a free movie night at MTSU with rocket-themed activities and a metal pour; the "Science of Wine" at Pink Palace in Memphis; "citizen science" at the Nashville Zoo; "printmaking" with Hatch Show Print at the Country Music Hall of Fame, "Civil War STEAM" at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate; and much more!

Major participating organizations include:

  • Discovery Center, Murfreesboro
  • Adventure Science Center, Nashville
  • Belcourt Theatre, Nashville
  • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
  • Discovery Park of America, Union City
  • Frist Art Museum, Nashville
  • Hands-On Discovery Center, Johnson City
  • Lipscomb University, Nashville
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
  • The Muse, Knoxvillle
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Nashville Zoo
  • Pink Palace, Memphis
  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville

While most of the Festival’s events are free and open to the public, some are subject to admission charges and space limitations.

Sponsored by Franke and the Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society.

About the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (615) 890-2300.

Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.




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Source: Discovery Center

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